Ruins of St. Augustine Church, Old Goa

Just 500 meters from Basilica of Bom Jesus lies the ruins of St. Augustine. church. Situated on the top of Holy hill, this ruins also forms a part of churches and convents of Old Goa, a UNESCO world heritage site.


The church had 4 altars , 8 chapels and a convent with numerous cells. All that is left of this church today, is one of the four towers. This 46m high tower (Bell tower) can be seen from a distance. The bell is currently placed in another church called Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Panjim.


The following three photographs are that of the only standing tower of St. Augustine Church

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This church was dedicated to Our Lady of Grace. Construction of this church started around 1597 and was completed by 1602.

A look at the church’s altars and chapels.

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Writings on one of the chapels.

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Can you see the carvings?

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Why is this church in ruins?

The church was initially built on Augustinian order. In 1835, the Augustinians were expelled from Goa and the church was abandoned. Over the years, due to neglect and weather conditions, the main vault of the church collapsed and this was followed by the collapse of three towers.


Let me end this post with an image of the church before its destruction.



17 Comments Add yours

  1. calmkate says:

    great photos Rekha!


    1. Rekha says:

      Thanks Kate ❀

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Would you believe, living in Goa for the past so many years and I’ve not STILL seen this place.


    1. Rekha says:

      Seriously?? 😱😱
      I was thinking you will comment saying you always visit this place because you like it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      It’s just opposite to bom jesus church, you have to climb the hill. There’s a convent and museum/library and opposite of it is this church πŸ™‚ see, now that I gave you directions, you have to visit it πŸ˜‰


      1. Maybe i’ll wait for you and you can be my personal tour guide πŸ™‚


      2. Rekha says:

        Sure thing πŸ˜€ I anyways want to visit Goa again. Lot of places I missed. You have a car so I don’t have to worry about roaming around in Goa. Deal πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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      3. Car is mine, petrol is yours.


      4. Rekha says:

        And driver is you, passenger is me. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Done πŸ‘πŸ‘


  3. Wow great photos 😊


    1. Rekha says:

      Thanks Elaine πŸ’œπŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  4. So wonderful that you devoted a post to this. I had a lovely time taking photos of this church when I first visited years back


    1. Rekha says:

      Most of them do not know about this place. They visit all the other churches in the vicinity but not this. I loved this place a lot. πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Very nice captures.


    1. Rekha says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  6. NJ says:

    I love ruins. There’s something majestical about them. To know such buildings/towers were built without any modern technology is just amazing. To have stood the test of time for so long…


    1. Rekha says:

      This church was ordered to be destroyed. Now, how sad is that! It was partially destroyed, then weather destroyed it further. Until recently nobody knew about this church. It was discovered just by accident or something like that. And hardly anybody visits it even now. Most of them do not know about it.

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      1. NJ says:

        That’s just sad πŸ™ It’s amazing that even a tiny part of it is still standing.


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